Read up on yesterday's action in our morning recap before heading to that funeral for the Alfredsson funeral in Ottawa.
Essential Water Cooler
Daniel Alfredsson put the dagger into the Ottawa Senators last night, scoring an empty-net goal to seal Detroit's 4-2 victory over the Swedish legend's old squad. Some Ottawa fans still feel like he put a dagger in the franchise's heart when he left via free agency over the summer. But Alfie is clearly on a better team now and does have a better shot at that elusive Stanley Cup. Is it fair for the folks of Bytown to still harbor a grudge?
Not only did Edmonton's Devan Dubnyk make two sharp stops on this Dallas rush, but he did it during a game he came into cold, after starter Ilya Bryzgalov was knocked out in an earlier collision. The Oil won in a shootout 3-2.
Men of the Night
Ryan Kesler, Vancouver: The big American pivot notched two goals to pace the Canucks in a 3-2 win over Carolina and came back into the game after taking a puck to the back of the neck.
Drew Miller, Detroit: The tall American left winger also notched two goals to help the Wings take out Ottawa on the road as Detroit works out of its previous funk.
David Perron, Edmonton: Perron set up Andrew Ference on Edmonton's game-tying goal, then won it all for the Oilers by popping in the shootout winner.
Better Luck Next Time
Carolina's power play had a golden opportunity to salt away the game against the Canucks in the second period, but couldn't cash in. With the game tied 2-2, Henrik Sedin took a double-minor for high-sticking Radek Dvorak, but the Canes came up empty and were 0-for-6 on the afternoon. When you lose by a goal in the end, that ineptitude hurts.